The latest news for pool and spa professionals

Mathijs started his career in Griferia TRES in Spain, a Spanish tap manufacturer. He then moved to Flexinox in March 2007, where he has been in charge of several markets reaching from Europe, South America, to Africa and Middle East. Then he was appointed as Sales Manager at the end of 2012.
Winners in the 2013 Barcelona Piscina Awards have been chosen: Fluidra SA's AstralPool Mac physical and chemical swimming pool treatment equipment and PSH 2010 SLU's GIANT-N pumps with plastic turbine received the Innovation Award and Sustainability Award respectively.
German chemical specialist Hansa Group AG has hived off its chemical trading activities to a new Dusseldorf-based entity called Hansa Chemie International GmbH & Co. KG (HCI). The company says the management team and infrastructure will remain the same, helping to ensure a smooth transition to the...
In 2011, when Werner Markenstein, Director of Hugo Lahme, arrived in Bolzano to present some bronze niches made for a local company, little did he know that in May 2013, Hugo Lahme, the company’s recently deceased Founding Chairman, would acquire one-third of the shares of AngelEye, a world...
QSSC - Qatar Safety and Security Conference for Swimming Pools will take place from 6 to 8 November, 2013 at Doha Exhibition Centre. Registration is free till 2nd November on www.htsxpo.com. Discover the Conference's schedule.  
During the exhibition, the congress program will also be ongoing at the Aquanale, such as the Cologne Swimming Pool and Wellness Forum, "in a new light". It has found its place at the heart of Hall 10.1, and can be visited free of charge without prior registration. The Federated Pool & Spa...
The framework of the economic conditions has changed. The euro is weakening and it is not yet clear how the economic situation at home and abroad will develop over the long term. EuroSpaPoolNews talked with Bert Granderath, CEO of grando GmbH and Vice President of the Federated Pool & Spa...
The European Union directive on 'Energy Related Products' (ErPD) came into force from the start of 2013 and this year the pool trade is witnessing the effect of the new directive. The directive encompasses sweeping legislation which impacts upon ventilation and dehumidification product...
Biodesign has revolutionized the swimming pool market, distinguishing itself over the past 5 years with its rapid growth, both in the Italian market and at an international level. The aim of the project is to promote the Biodesign brand and its technology, both within Spain and throughout the...
From 22 to 25 October around 300 exhibitors from 26 countries will be presenting their swimming pool and wellness-themed products and services at Germany's international trade fair for sauna, pool and ambience. Advance ticket sales for aquanale have also been very successful so far. For the first...
To celebrate three decades of continuous innovation in robotic pool cleaning industry, AquaGroup will launch for the oncoming season a comprehensive line of products under the same name that became one of the most recognized classic brands in the pool market today: Aquabot.
Darlly Europe is delighted to announce its collaboration with SPA-ESPAÑA who is also working in co-operation with Spafix to form a very comprehensive supplier of replacement parts and filters for spas in Spain, Portugal, Balearics and Canaries.  
SCP and NEXTPOOL confirm their alliance at the Piscina Barcelona and  Aquanale trade shows. SCP, world leader in the distribution of swimming pool equipment, markets the entire Nextpool range in Spain and Germany, as well as through their organizations in 7 other countries. Via their agencies,...
For the fifth time this year, the Swimming Pool and Wellness Forum of Cologne presents itself as the source of impulses at the international level in the sports and wellness industry. The programme of the congress accentuates the innovative energy of the aquanale and the FSB.
From 6th - 8th November 2013, be part of QPS 2013, a gate to establishing a wide network of business connections. QPS Business Push Up Program will help professionals to achieve business goals.
In an effort to continue to meet and exceed the specific needs of advanced pool/spa builders, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) is offering a new line-up of programs at the 2013 Int’l Pool | Spa | Patio Expo. These programs are the centerpiece of the Expo’s stellar line-up of...
The Croce Bianca Leisure & Spa hotel is a four-star establishment in Trentino Alto Adige (Italy), located in the touristic town of Canazei, in the heart of the Dolomite mountains, which have been recognized as a “World heritage site”.
Three lively events will boost the social scene at SPATEX 14, the organisers have announced. Stand set-up day, Saturday 1 February, sees an evening of live music and food being laid on for all exhibitors at the at the Ricoh Arena’s G-Casino.
2013 is the year of major changes and professionalisation for Megagroup. The branding for all Group companies has been given a fresh new look. In conjunction and to better serve their customers, holding organization is currently constructing a state of the art semi-automated European Distribution...
200 new pooltechnic innovations will be offered in the new Peraqua Collection & Pricelist 2014 which will be officially introduced during the fair Piscine in Barcelona and Aquanale in Cologne at the Peraqua booth.
‘Spain is a world benchmark market for the wellness industry’.With a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia and a Master’s in Management from EADA, Eloi Planes (Barcelona, ​​1969) was appointed President of the organizing committee of the...
Leading Australian fibreglass pool manufacturer Narellan Pools has partnered with salt and mineral water chlorinator specialist Australian Innovative Systems (AIS) in an initiative designed to offer pool owners the ‘best of the best’.
Microwell has begun constructing its new site. It is designed to bring both the production and warehouse facilities together in this large centre of 3000m², with access for lorries and trucks at only 15km from the main highway. 
One of the spa industry’s pioneers, Ron Clearwater, owner of Hydra Plastics, Inc. and its flagship brand Clearwater Spas is pleased to announce his retirement and the formation of the company’s new parent company, Thermal Hydra Plastics.
With Zodiac Australia acquiring MagnaPool & Poolrite Skimmer Box from Evolve Supply Chain Pty Ltd. In Australia; Zodiac Europe is looking forward to giving MagnaPool a brand new start in Europe.
Piscina Barcelona, Wellness Barcelona and Leisure and Sports Facilities will be the three areas that will be featured in exhibits at the event, from October 15th to 18th 2013. This 11th edition will also host the Wellness & Spa Experiences Event, a congress that will bring together international...
Preformati Italia has created a pool in EPS, featured on the terrace of an attic on the eighth floor in the centre of Milan’s historic city centre. The structure has been made possible thanks to a thorough planning phase and more than anything, thanks to the meticulous preparation at the end of...
The US National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) has awarded scholarships and fellowships to 13 university students totalling $20,000.  
The organisers of the 2013 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo (PSP) have announced that attendee online registration is now officially open for the event.
The Swimming Pool & Spa Alliance is holding its first ever SPASA CONVENTION at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on August 15, followed by the Golf Classic on August 16 and the Awards of Excellence on August 17.
Grant Davis, managing director of Basildon-based Clearwater Marine Technology, is the winner of Certikin’s car competition launched at Spatex 2013. His prize is a brand new VW Up! city car.
Darlly Europe – which also operates under the Filters4Spas brand – has launched a new web shop which it says is the largest dedicated site exclusively for the pool and spa trade.
A large mansion in the Mediterranean style, the Mas d'Artigny & Spa is a jewel among the Riviera hotels, inspired by René Traversac, a bold and demanding engineer. It spreads out at the foot of St. Paul de Vence (06) over 8 acres of pine forest, interspersed with luxuriant vegetation of...
Dutch LED pool light company Eva Optic has had its entire series of LED underwater lights tested by the Dutch IEC-accredited testing institute DEKRA to the widely recognised international standard for underwater lights, EN 60598-2-18.
Loyal to its commitment to innovation, the show has announced a new edition of the Piscina Barcelona Awards. The contest is open to products and processes realised in the last two years and all products exhibited at the show designed according to sustainability criteria, such as the application of...
Certikin International chairman Patrick Thorpe is retiring after 36 years’ service with the company. Patrick, 64, has been a key figure in steering Certikin from a modest UK distributor to a major partner in Fluidra, one of the world’s largest multi-national companies. He has also taken a...
As in previous years, also this year the international trade fair Bazény, Sauna & Spa will be held together with the For Arch trade fair in PVA Prague Letňany from September 17 – 21, 2013. The themes presented during the trade fair will be supported by the accompanying program prepared in...
Following the appointment of Robert Guthrie to the position of president of the Swimming Pool and Spa Alliance (SPASA), three new directors have joined the SPASA Board. The new directors are Lindsay McGrath, Commercial Director of Bio-Lab Australia, Paul Simons, Managing Director of Lo-Chlor...
On the occasion of the European Trade Press Conference for aquanale on 5th June 2013 in Cologne, Vice President of the Federal Association for Swimming Pools and Wellness and the European Union of Swimming Pool and Spa Associations (EUSA), Bert Granderath, stood a very optimistic state of trends...
SCP (UK) Ltd has reinforced is front line targeting customers that use its Trade Counter Service on a daily basis. Added to this, SCP(UK)Ltd now provides a bespoke After Sales Service Technical Department which adds value and provides customer support which aims to be second to none.
Sauna and spa specialist Klafs has acquired the know-how and all intellectual property rights of Dutch company Microsalt International B.V., including its Micronizer dry salt inhalation technology.  
With a whopping 80 per cent of stand space already sold, the new-look SPATEX 2014 (Sunday February 2nd to Tuesday 4th) at the Ricoh Arena is well on track for being the best yet. “We are planning on SPATEX 2014 being bigger and better than anything that has gone before in the Show’s...
The Czech company ALUKOV belongs among the renowned manufacturers of high quality covers for swimming pools, whirlpools and terraces. As a reaction to increasing demand the company decided to open its third production plant, this time in Hungary (after plants in Czechia and Slovakia). The plant is...
A new survey in the USA has found that an overwhelming majority of parents are concerned that electronic devices are interfering with traditional family activities, including swimming, and see potential negative health and social consequences as a result.
Pool and Sauna 2014 will take place in Moscow at the Crocus Expo Exhibition Center from 13th to 16th March, 2014. Successfully started in 2007, the new fair for wellness & spa, pool and sauna within few years has grown from the local exhibition to the International show and become the most...
NSPF (National Swimming Pool Foundation) CEO Tom Lachocki recently spoke at the 5th International Conference Swimming Pool and Spa in Rome, presenting on the Health Promotion and Social Benefits of Recreational Waters.
SCP Europe, a subsidiary of PoolCorp, announces the arrival of Xavier DAROK, PhD in Materials Science, as EU Water Treatment Product Manager, in SCP Europe team.
The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) in the USA is funding the third year of a grant supporting the goal of reducing disinfection by-product (DBP) formation. Awarded to Purdue University in Layfayette, Indiana, the $75,000 grant includes support from the Chlorine Chemistry Division of the...
This innovative entrepreneurship is aiming to unite the efforts of several manufacturers in order to market and distribute their products under a joint catalog in order to reduce costs and increase efficiency.
Piscina Barcelona International Aquatic Exhibition opens the calls for entries for the following awards:  Residential Swimming Pool Award; Wellness Centre Award; Recreational Sport Facility Award.
Stand space for the 2014 Spatex trade show is already 75% sold, the organisers have announced. Being staged at the Ricoh Arena on 2–4 February, Spatex 2014 will feature a Gala Dinner on the opening evening, and a dedicated Leisure Operators’ Day on Tuesday 4 February.
Jacuzzi Brands Corporation today announced that Peter Munk has been appointed as President of Global Spa as part of its continued strengthening of the Jacuzzi leadership structure.  In this newly created role, Mr. Munk will focus his efforts on the growth of the spa business worldwide, to include...
According to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments and in compliance with the G8 IMO Guidelines, BIO-UV is awarded theType Approval from Bureau Veritas,on behalf of the French Administration, for its Ballast Water Treatment Systems...
US hot tub company Clearwater Spas has introduced a second brand to the company portfolio. Called Birch Bay Hot Tubs, the line-up includes 12 models to choose from within three series – Luxury, Therapy and Recreation.
The magazine PISCINAS HOY was born from the continuity’s wish of a human team with more than 30 years of experience in the sector. Accompanied of “INSTALACIONES DEPORTIVAS HOY”, they inform and keep up the professional of the sector in his daily activity in order to improve, innovate and...
The Italian company, Piscine Castiglione-Myrtha Pools, which has over 50 years of experience in the swimming pools sector, will construct and install two temporary pools at the Palau Sant Jordi for the 15th FINA World Swimming Championships in Barcelona from 19th July to 4th August.
From 22nd to 25th October 2013, the next aquanale, the International Trade Fair for Sauna, Pool, Ambience, will take place in Cologne in association with FSB, the International Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities. Around 1,000 exhibitors from the sport, games, swimming pool,...
The SPLASH! Asia pool exhibition has just ended. A superb exhibition that was well organized jointly by Noémi Petit (Gl-events, France) and Melanie Robertson (Interpoint Events, Australia), the two co-organizers of the pool SPLASH! Asia 2013 event, assisted by an efficient team, with great...
To face the increasing demand for After Sales Service during the bathing season, Pool Technology has chosen to adapt to the demands of its professional customers.
Leading independent pool and spa equipment distributor Golden Coast has appointed electro-mechanical specialist Roy Almond to its technical team to strengthen the company's in-house expertise in control panels.  
Biodesign offers patented swimming pool construction technology that allows you to customise every single detail of a pool, while respecting the environment at the same time. The company aims to create a network of agents who will specialise in the sale, installation and maintenance of Biodesign...
The organisers of the UK Pool & Spa Expo have announced that early forecasts for their 2014 event have surpassed expectations.
UK pool chemical controller manufacturer Topline Electronics has won a £330,000 contract to supply its hot tubs to the Exclusive Lodges in Center Parcs Woburn Forest village, due for completion in spring 2014.
The 8th International Exhibition of swimming pool and its technologies, sauna and spa, BAZÉNY Sauny and Spa will open its doors from 17 to 21 September 2013 at PVA Expo in Prague. Among the first companies registered are leaders and innovative companies on the market of pools, hot tubs, spas and...
Ozone and water treatment specialist Triogen has appointed Golden Coast as its UK distributor. Triogen says the appointment will increase availability of its complete range of water treatment systems for both private and commercial swimming pools.
The wellness revolution is coming to Barcelona with the international Wellness & Spa Experiences Event. Through practical cases and interventions by experts from around the world, the congress, hosted by the  Swimming Pool Show, Piscina Barcelona, will feature all the knowhow of centres dedicated...
UK-based Mineral Supplies International (MSI) has appointed Victoria Plompen-Philip as director of European sales with responsibility for Belgium, Holland and Germany with other countries to follow. Victoria's background is from within the industry and she has been involved in the European pool...
Pentair is a committed company in both the area of environment and sustainability and in the area of human rights and development. Therefore, the company began thie year a partnership with the Humanitarian Association Morija in Burkina Faso. This cooperation started with an initial donation of $...
The French company Leader Pool Diffusion is widening its international network, building on its presence in Canada, Greece and the Netherlands and branching out into the Middle East market through a manufacturer called Oasis Dream, which has created a 32 x 12 m pool in the sand (just ten metres...
PPG has recently started to actively sell and support construction businesses in the swimming pool industry in France and Germany. As a reliable and experienced supplier of pool accessories, PPG specifically decided to target swimming pool construction companies.
VisionWerx, the parent company of the SpaBerry branded personal luxury spa line, is moving its manufacturing division to western Canada. SpaBerry branded products will now be built at the Coast Spas manufacturing facility in Langley, BC, Canada.
Praher/Peraqua won the 2013 Golden Wave Award with the AquaStar SafetyPack in the category swimming pool technology. The jury, consisting of renowned and experienced swimming pool constructors and experts was convinced by its innovation, safety and efficiency.  
EuroSpaPoolNews has launched on March 30th its 2nd edition of the First International Professional Pool Contest, iPool 2013, which will run until July 31st 2013. The contest is only open to pool professionals.
Pool equipment distributor SCP Europe and Canadian company Latham Pool Products have renewed a cooperation agreement, revamping the Perma-Life Polymer Pool Program focusing on 1.22 metre and 1.52 metre wall height panels.
Toulouse-based company MMP has bought the trade name and the related patents for the Mopper robot pool cleaner, having been producing it as a subcontractor for three years. Positioned in the mid-range and high-end segment, the Mopper is sold by major retailers operating in the garden or swimming...
Disabled pool equipment manufacturer Hexagone has appointed Fabrizio Ferrari as export manager. Well known in the Italian pool market, he will manage the European subsidiaries of Hexagone Italy, Spain, Germany, England, Switzerland and Holland, and also expand the company’s presence in the 40...
As soon as the good weather arrives, pool professionals are highly sought after, typically between Easter and the summer holidays. During this period, it is not uncommon to work 7 days a week, including holidays!
With 60% of its turnover being generated overseas, BIO-UV is diversifying and has announced the launch of the BIO-SEA® system – a ballast water treatment system, which has been certified by French company Bureau Veritas, and which is fully compliant with the regulations of the International...
Zodiac Pool Care EMEA has appointed Antoine Ballon as Vice President Marketing EMEA. In this post, Mr Ballon, aged 46, a graduate of IFAG Paris, will apply his knowledge to reinforce the marketing strategy and positioning of the brand.
The Australian pool and spa association SPASA (Swimming Pool and Spa Alliance) is launching a national trade exhibition to be staged in mid-August. Called the SPASA Convention, the event will comprise a national trade expo combined with educational workshops, as well as providing a platform to...
Visitors to About.com, ranked as the 79th most-visited site in the world by alexa.com, have chosen Coast Spas hot tubs as the best hot tub brand for 2013.
Poolrite Australia and Poolrite Research have gone into liquidation, and negotiations are underway to sell the assets to AstralPool Australia, reports Splash! Magazine. The AstralPool offer is worth $7.5 million, with $4.5 million to be paid on settlement, followed by two payments of $1.5 million...
The organisers of the Spatex trade show have announced that stand bookings for the 2014 event at the Ricoh Arena are “running at an unprecedented high” after booking opened three weeks ago.
Piscine SPLASH! Asia will take place from 20-21 May 2013 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.Piscine SPLASH! Asiais a must attend exhibition for manufacturers, retailers, pool builders, landscapers, contractors, architects, engineers and pool service technicians....
Prime minister David Cameron has officially kicked off Certikin International’s fiftieth anniversary celebrations by visiting the company’s Witney headquarters, which are in his constituency.  
Despite the state of the economy, and the continuing credit crunch, there was a surprising but welcome upbeat feel to this year’s Spatex pool and spa trade show – the last to be held in Brighton for the time being before next year’s move to the Ricoh Arena in the Midlands. The organisers had...
Independent wet leisure product distributor Golden Coast is spreading the message that ‘if you can sell pools, you can sell saunas’, as part of its ongoing package of resources to help dealers’ businesses grow.
The US National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) has announced a new make-up for its management board, which took effect on 1 November 2012. President of Counsilman-Hunsaker & Associates D. Scot Hunsaker was elected President of the Board, succeeding John Puetz, Director of Technology at Advantis....
European spa brand Passion Spas and USA-based Almost Heaven Saunas have announced a partnership to begin distribution of Passion Spas and swim-spas in America.  The companies have formed a US division that will be headquartered in Holland, Michigan, coordinating sales and distribution of Passion...
Real innovation brings about permanent improvements in the market. This is why Europe's largest-circulation pool & spa magazine "Schwimmbad & Sauna" (www.schwimmbad.de), an organisation with more than 40 years of tradition, awards a prize every two years for the most forward-looking developments...
The British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association (BISHTA) has endorsed the recent report from the Health Protection Agency on the Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak in Stoke in 2012, emphasising the need to follow the existing guidelines regarding display spas and hot tubs that are already...
Potential exhibitors at the Spatex 2014 trade show attended an open day on 20 March at the event’s new venue, the Ricoh Arena, to see the facilities for themselves.
Exhibitions and conferences, organizer Heights with the support of Watermaster Qatar as sponsor and the partnership of the Qatar Civil Defense Department, has announce the launch of the 2nd International Exhibition and conference for Swimming Pools and Spas, which is to be held from November 6-8...
The organisers of the UK Pool & Spa Expo 2013 have said the new event at the NEC got off to a “flying start”, confirming a claimed total of over 1600 visitors. Commenting on the professional approach of the exhibitors in making the launch event a success, event director Claire Saunders said:...
A commercial pool in the Netherlands has become what is claimed to be the first such facility in Europe to feature all LED lighting – for general and ambient units, as well as underwater lighting.
A searchable database tracking global incidents in or related to swimming pools and hot tubs has been developed by the US National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF). Called the Worldwide Aquatic News Incident Database (WANID), it tracks global aquatic incidents that may result in injury, illness,...
The International Swimming Pool Show is being held for the first time in Russia. The event Piscina Moscow, organised by Fira de Barcelona and Europexpo –Russia’s biggest exhibition operator- is opening today with the aim of helping Spanish and European companies to get a market share in...
The 2013 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo [PSP] has issued a Call for Presentations to all educators, consultants and specialists from around the world who want to share their knowledge and business expertise as presenters for the educational conference program. Taking place November 9, 2013,...
The venue for Piscine SPLASH! Asia 2013 has been changed to the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore. The dates remain unchanged: 20th -21st May 2013. Piscine SPLASH! Asia is the result of the association of two reputed pool and spa show organizers: GL Events and  Piscine and...
Aquanale, the International Trade Fair for Sauna, Pool, Ambience, will take place on different days starting in 2013. The fair will be open from Tuesday to Friday in the future - as will FSB, the International Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities.